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Disciplinary Knowledge in History

In its 2021 subject inspections, Ofsted found that ‘disciplinary knowledge’ was a major weakness in history teaching. The requirement is certainly a cause of some anxiety for primary teachers but we hope to allay your concerns with this informative short course.

  • Find out what Ofsted means by this term
  • Explore practical ways to teach it in primary schools
  • Gain a fuller understanding of associated terms like ‘substantive knowledge’ ‘historical enquiry’ ‘significance’ and ‘perspective’

About this INSET

What does it mean to work like a historian? Is ‘disciplinary knowledge’ just a buzz-phrase for when we study sources and develop chronological understanding? Find out what Ofsted actually means by this term, which it found to be a major weakness in “most” of the schools it visited in its 2021 history subject inspections.


  • Break down ‘disciplinary knowledge’ in history into eight clear categories
  • Provide you with practical and engaging approaches for teaching each one
  • Unpick the confusion around related terms
  • Reduce your anxiety about this abstract concept! 


This INSET is suitable for Early Years and Primary school staff.

  • Headteachers and other SLT
  • History Leaders
  • EYFS, KS1 and KS2

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